We live in a consumerist, disposable culture. Just watch The Story of Stuff and you'll realize it's not just a personal problem (though many suffer from disorders that cause them to hoard and I by no means wish to trivialize that). Learning about planned obsolescence was a real downer for me: the fact that companies make things specifically to break down faster so you'll buy the newer version. The Earth, and we as humans cannot sustain this forever. I'm sure you have plenty of things you could throw out, or are maybe saving for that magic day when you meet your goal weight, have somewhere to wear it, etc. You can't seem to part with it, but you can't hold on to it forever or you'll literally drown in stuff. If you're feeling stuck, it's time to make a change and start minimizing clutter, making some money, and living your best life!
Ready to get started? It's time to get real. Do some thinking about the following topics before you start decluttering:
Got it? Good! Here are 4 Methods to Minimize Clutter, Make Money, & Live Your Best Life:
1. DONATE IT
I know what you're thinking - DUH! But for some of us this can be a huge chore that we put off or wait indefinitely to take action on. I'm here to tell you that you don't have to load up your car and drive anywhere (unless you're into that sort of thing). You can now literally leave it on your doorstep and someone will take it away for you - introverts rejoice!
2. SELL IT
This option takes considerably more effort but can definitely pay off if you are willing to do it! You can see by my sidebar that this is a personal favorite of mine. There are both online and brick and mortar options galore - definitely worth exploring if you have stuff that you think is valuable and could use the extra cash!
3. UPCYCLE IT
Even better than purging is "shopping" in your own home and finding new uses for old things. Even moving something from one room to the next can give it new life. Maybe it's still "sparking joy" but is dated or just not vibing with your style? I'm a magnet for hand-me-downs on all sides of my family and I never say no! For example, I inherited a pair of brass lamps that had a great style and shape but did not match anything in my house. A few coats of spray paint and some new shades from Target, and they are looking pretty darn adorable in my office. Try to see the item with new eyes and figure out if you can make it work! My best advice is to head over to Pinterest for cool tutorials. Check out my Pinterest board Crafty Like a Fox for some ideas and inspo like turning an old t-shirt into a tote bag!
4. CHUCK IT
Do those two words send chills up your spine like they do mine? I was partly raised by my grandmother who grew up during the Great Depression and had developed some hoarder tendencies (folding and saving old wrapping paper for example). My formative years were spent gently opening gifts and growing my craft collection out of odds and ends. I was always very pained by throwing things away because I felt very attached to them. But then you grow up and have kids of your own and realize -this is too much stuff - we are drowning in stuff! If you can't donate it, sell it, or upcycle it, you must throw it away. I know it is hard and feels wasteful, but at least you tried. Holding on to junk will only crowd your space and steal your joy.
Now that you've been through this great purge, make sure you don't go back. Think of all the time and effort you have spent managing the items you already have. Adopt new habits that make you pause before you bring a new item in your home like a t-shirt in the same color and style as the other 5 you already have (guilty). Thinking about the Earth, about those who have less, and the legacy we want to leave the next generation, may prevent you from buying yet another whimsical mug. It's okay if you do -but remember why you are doing it and keep these 4 methods in mind.
I hope you found this helpful - what other tips and advice do you have?
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